Arts and Culture

Keeping your hat on in Jo’burg
Keeping your hat on in Jo’burg
Nothing brings together style, history and social organisation more than a hat. When the Europeans began commerce with India in the 16th century,...
Mr Tap's vision to inspire others
Mr Tap's vision to inspire others
As the sound of music bleeds through the walls of Bomba Records, a music studio in Braamfischerville, Soweto, Tebogo Aubrey Poopedi bounces his...
Electoral cynicism and the curse of nane nane
Electoral cynicism and the curse of nane nane
Nane, the Swahili word for the number eight, sounds much like the Shona word for the word better — nani. And yet two voting sessions on...
A fresh brew of old numbers
A fresh brew of old numbers
Hip-hop and jazz are like a separated parent and child. When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, it was a...
Roy brings nationalists no joy
Roy brings nationalists no joy
Had she chosen to soak herself in praise and read from the same scripts so many of India’s public figures read from, Arundhati Roy might have...
Rethink Mandela book recall
Rethink Mandela book recall
MANDELA’S LAST YEARS by Dr Vejay Ramlakan (Penguin Randomhouse)
Reading Noni Jabavu in 2017
Reading Noni Jabavu in 2017
‘The mores that I was used to were neither purely Western nor purely Bantu. We were not ‘black Europeans’, yet I saw how we were not ‘white...
A beautiful feminist mind divorced from self-indulgence
A beautiful feminist mind divorced from self-indulgence
In a section titled Departures at the back of her new book of autobiographical essays, Pumla Dineo Gqola, a professor at Wits University’s...
Portraits of the small histories that define big ones
Portraits of the small histories that define big ones
A huge crowd has turned out for the opening night of the African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined exhibition at Iziko National Gallery, presented by...
Uyadelela if you think you know South Africa
Uyadelela if you think you know South Africa
I learned this lesson on Tuesday night when, coming home at about 9pm from the gym, I saw our building caretaker and security guard Simon standing...
The elusive Winnie Mandela
The elusive Winnie Mandela
In the week that I am writing about Winnie Mandela’s photographs, I mount three images of her above my writing desk so that when I look up from...
Dangor’s fruit is still bitter
Dangor’s fruit is still bitter
‘What turned these apartheid police into killers?” asks author Achmat Dangor. He is in his lounge in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkview...

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